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1959 Cyrano de Bergerac

Théâtre de l'Alhambra

Paris World premiere 17 April 1959 
Choreography Roland Petit 
Based on Edmond Rostand's classic 
Musique Marius Constant 
Costumes Yves Saint Laurent 
Cast Zizi Jeanmaire, Tessa Beaumont, Danièle Jossi, José Ferran, Lucien Mars, Georges Reich, Roland Petit 

Zizi plays the part of Roxanne in this show choreographed by Roland Petit. 
It is the beginning of a long artistic partnership and friendship with Yves Saint Laurent.

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1960 Black Tights

Film directed by Terence Young 
Costumes for Moira Shearer by Yves Saint Laurent 
Choreography Roland Petit. 

Black Tights, also known as 1-2-3-4, is a filmed ballet divided into four sections. 
Maurice Chevalier is the narrator of both the French and English versions. 
Zizi plays the part of a thief who forgoes her life of crime for the love of a man. Roland Petit plays Cyrano to Moira Shearer's Roxanne. As in the 1959 film, Cyrano, the music is composed by Marius Constant. 
Cyd Charisse gets embroiled in a love triangle in the third episode and Zizi reappears in the fourth part as Carmen. 
The British director Terence Young went on to direct the first James Bond movies, Dr No and From Russia With Love. 

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1961 Zizi Jeanmaire Show

Théâtre de l'Alhambra

La Chaloupée
Music Maurice Thieret
Story Marcel Aymée
Director Roland Petit 
Set design and costumes Yves Saint Laurent. 

Appearing in La Chaloupée and Mon truc en plumes in Yves Saint Laurent's costumes, Zizi Jeanmaire had a prolific and successful year in 1961.

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1961 Les Forains

Fench television production

Reprise of a ballet first staged in 1945 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Choreography Roland Petit
Synopsis Boris Kochno
Music Henri Sauguet
Costumes Yves Saint Laurent

This is the first ballet created by Roland Petit in 1945.
It underscores his extraordinary talent and sensitivity.
Written with the collaboration of Boris Kochno, Christian Bérard and the great composer Henri Sauguet (who passed away in 1989), it is dedicated to the late Erik Satie. It was presented as a television production in 1961 with costumes designed by Yves Saint Laurent. Staged over 2,000 times, this ballet met with great international success even in China.

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